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THREE WEEKS TO GRIDLOCK AS NATION HEADS FOR TRAFFIC CHAOS

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Researchers have warned that 23 October could bring the worst traffic congestion yet to hit the motorway and trunk ...
Researchers have warned that 23 October could bring the worst traffic congestion yet to hit the motorway and trunk road network, with average speeds cut to a crawl and many sections paralysed, according to The Sunday Times (p3).

A study by analysts at TrafficMaster, which provides data on vehicle flows to the department of the environment, transport and the regions, predicts that a combination of roadworks, vehicle numbers and shorter daylight hours will hit traffic on many sections of major roads from mid-October. The resulting chaos will culminate on Friday, 23 October, with an afternoon surge which could turn many busy roads into little more than 'linear parks' for hours on end. The peak on the 23rd is expected because that is when many schools start half-term holiday, prompting tens of thousands of families to take to the road. About 750,000 vehicles are expected to hit the national road network, a 10% increase on the previous high in October 1996.

The study says areas where congestion will be worst include: the intersection of the M25 and M4 near Slough, Berkshire; junction six to 10 of the M6 north of Birmingham; junction two of the M32; the A9 near Perth in Scotland; the A1 near Doncaster; and the A34 near Newbury, Berkshire.
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